A 27-year old Ibo boy, Chigozie Amalu, was attacked and wounded by some acclaimed Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) at Canoe Bridge, along Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lagos.The victim’s brother, Ikechukwu Dike, who was at GODCAN Medical Centre in Ejigbo, where Amalu is receiving treatment, said the OPC boys demanded N1,000 from Amalu after both of them alighted from a tricycle they boarded from Ladipo market where they sell motor spare parts which he refused and later resulted to argument between them.
Dike said: “We boarded a tricycle from Ladipo market and when we got here (Canoe Bridge), we gave N1,000 to the tricycle rider. The tricycle rider now refused to give us our balance and he (tricycle rider) made some calls and some boys just came from nowhere, claiming to be OPC people. They started demanding for another N1,000 from my brother, Chigozie. I said we didn’t have and at that point, the tricycle rider ran away. The OPC boy took my brother to the other side of the road, tied my mouth and started shouting thief, thief, thief and a passer-by, who came to the scene, rescued me and showed me where my brother was lying in a pool of blood, with machete cuts in his ear, hands and leg.”
The incident, according to Dike, happened at about 8pm.
The Lagos State House of Assembly member, representing Oshodi-Isolo constituency, Hon. Jude Emeka Idimogu, who was with the victim at about 11pm Tuesday at the GODCAN Medical Centre, said the incident was a sad event, calling for peaceful co-existence among the Yoruba and Igbo community in the state.
Idimogu said people should learn how to live peacefully in unity, saying that people should not take law into their hands.
He said: “It is very sad at this stage that some group of people that called themselves OPC can take law into their hands and wounded and injured a citizen even to the point of death. Look at the way they wounded this guy; if not that he is lucky to have been rushed to this Hospital for immediate treatment, he could have died.”
“People should not take law into their hands; even when there is disagreement, it is not by slapping or fighting the person that will settle the dispute because anything can happen when you are fighting somebody.”
Idimogu called on the Lagos State government to provide security in the area to avoid such occurrence in the future.
“This kind of issue has happened here before when the Canoe Bride was newly constructed due to tribal sentiment between the Igbo and Yoruba and at the end of the day, two people died just because of disagreement of transportation balance. Why should we bring sentiment to an issue that we can easily settle? We should be preaching peace and unity. I even called the police to come and investigate the issue. We cannot allow this kind of thing to continue. It is not fear”, he said.
Speaking with Medical Director of the Medical Centre, Dr. Nuka said he hoped the victim (Amalu) will survive. “He will survive it to the best of my knowledge. He is already surviving; my profession is to save life first but only God can save, we only treat”, the Doctor stated.